In Boston AA, newcomer-seducing is called 13th-Stepping¹ and is regarded as the province of true bottom-feeders.

1 As in a combination of the First and Twelfth steps, goes the AA joke: “My Life Is Unmanageable And I Want To Share It With You.”

(from Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace)

"It was only then you realized how ordinary the barely possible had been made to appear — and it is the crash rather than the perfect somersaults that express the truth, the essence of the activity."

(from But Beautiful by Geoff Dyer)

I can’t stand to be with anyone and I don’t want to be alone.
Give a man a poem, and he will starve for a day—but teach a man to be a poet, and he will starve for a lifetime
Christian Bok
Roberto Bolaño (via)

Roberto Bolaño (via)


Alexandra Davy

Lignes Verts

(via dronenotdrones)

William Burroughs reads Naked Lunch

Writing and rewriting. Does it matter if it is the same thing, every day? Every time? What does it mean that I want to write the same story, the same anecdote over and over and over again, that it wasn’t gone the first time, that I have tried to capture the story of Y so many times, with so many variations, that the variations are now more real than my memories? What does it mean about the real people that I am writing about? Is it still real people that I am writing about? I am still using memories to write about them. If it isn’t about them, who am I writing about?